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By Paul Wilson | June 5, 2012 | 10:45 AM EDT

The media crusade to redefine marriage has taken a radical turn. Media outlets have put a spotlight on the narcissistic practice of “self-marriage,” in which a person marries himself or herself in a formal ceremony.

CNN’s sister network HLN provocatively titled a June 1 piece “Is self-marriage for you?” The HLN piece cited several examples of people who have “taken vows of self-marriage as a way of contractually binding themselves to matrimonial values,” quoting psychologist Brian Powell: “It doesn’t surprise me that people who live alone want some type of acknowledgment from others that this is a reasonable choice.”  

By Paul Wilson | June 5, 2012 | 10:17 AM EDT

Outlets celebrate narcissistic practice as ‘courageous,’ a ‘reasonable choice.’

By Noel Sheppard | June 5, 2012 | 9:45 AM EDT

It's becoming clearer with each passing day the Obama-loving media are now in a full-scale panic that the man they helped get elected in 2008 is in serious trouble to repeat that feat in 2012.

Take for example Newsweek/Daily Beast which published a piece moments ago with the somewhat shocking headline, "Is Barack Obama Too Weak to Win in November?":

By Matthew Sheffield | June 5, 2012 | 9:39 AM EDT

Today is the big day for Wisconsinites as the long-awaited recall election of governor Scott Walker finally ends. After playing up the contest as important and of national portent, many liberals in and out of the press are now trying to say it doesn't matter. Still, President Obama has made it a point to make himself scarce in the race, refusing to come to the aid of Tom Barrett, the Democratic mayor of Milwaukee trying to unseat Walker.
Stay with us tonight as we'll have an NB Live chat to keep tabs on the results and monitor the media reaction.

By Mark Finkelstein | June 5, 2012 | 8:40 AM EDT

Et tu, Tina?  Has Maureen Dowd, by her scalding column this weekend, signaled to fellow liberals that it's OK to rap President Obama?   Dowd portrayed Obama as lazy, nihilistic, removed and self-absorbed.  Now comes Brown on today's Morning Joe, calling Obama "aloof" and not "lovable."

Daily Beast editor Brown made her comments in the context of criticizing Obama's decision to stay out of Wisconsin, not deigning to come to the aid of Tom Barrett, the Dem candidate looking to unseat Republican Governor Scott Walker in today's recall election. View the video after the jump.

By Brad Wilmouth | June 5, 2012 | 8:19 AM EDT

Appearing as a guest on Monday's The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on NBC, actor and comedian Martin Short lambasted several of the GOP presidential candidates, as he called Rick Santorum a "crazy Catholic," compared Michele Bachmann to the Taliban while questioning her intelligence, and suggested that Mitt Romney has sent jobs to other countries.

By Tim Graham | June 5, 2012 | 7:53 AM EDT

Politico went to its “Arena” pages to ask the experts if its recent story on the New York Times and The Washington Post being "in the tank" for Obama was accurate or inaccurate. The expert mix was pretty balanced.

Former USA Today reporter Richard Benedetto was candid: “As a daily reader of the print edition of The Washington Post, I have the clear anecdotal impression that President Obama and wife Michelle receive better headlines, photos, story placement and more-positive story angles than Mitt Romney and his wife Ann. My thesis is that an empirical study would bear that out.” Others were deniers:

By Noel Sheppard | June 5, 2012 | 12:45 AM EDT

As NewsBusters previously reported, MSNBC's Chris Matthews bombed on the game show Jeopardy! three weeks ago missing questions many fifth graders would have had no problem with.

Clearly forgetting his shameful performance, the Hardball host on Monday mocked Miss USA Pageant contestants for not knowing the name of the current Vice President (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | June 4, 2012 | 11:58 PM EDT

Former Clinton White House adviser Dick Morris said Monday, "Bill Clinton does not want Barack Obama to win."

"I’ve spoken to several good friends who are staunch conservatives who have had exchanges with Bill Clinton in private," Morris told Fox News's Sean Hannity, "and at one point one of them quotes him as saying, 'You have six months to save the country'" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Clay Waters | June 4, 2012 | 9:56 PM EDT

So much for libertine Manhattan. White House reporter turned liberal columnist Frank Bruni supports New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg's overbearing initiative to downsize the sodas New Yorkers will be allowed to purchase in restaurants and movie theaters, in the name of fighting obesity: "Trimming a Fat City."

While Michelle Obama focused on carrots, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg brandished a stick. It’s what we deserve. Cry all you want about a nanny state, but as a city and a nation we’ve gorged and guzzled past the point where a gentle nudge toward roughage suffices. We need a weight watcher willing to mete out some stricter discipline.

By Jack Coleman | June 4, 2012 | 7:16 PM EDT

What a difference 48 hours makes in the barren wasteland known as Ed Schultz's mind.

Back on May 29, Schultz warned of giant flaming acorns falling from the sky if Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker prevailed in a June 5 recall election against Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, who was defeated by Walker in the 2010 gubernatorial race. (audio clips after page break)

By Matthew Sheffield | June 4, 2012 | 6:58 PM EDT

Actress Sarah Jessica Parker, famous for her role as a helpless know-it-all writer, has decided to throw her support behind President Obama in a new ad aimed at attracting donors to his reelection campaign.

In the ad, which debuted during MTV’s annual Movie Awards, Parker clearly patronizes to her intended audience by referring to Obama as “that guy” as she invites them to eat dinner with herself, the president and First Lady Michelle Obama.

By Matthew Balan | June 4, 2012 | 5:12 PM EDT

On Sunday's CBS Evening News, John Dickerson candidly admitted that a failed recall attempt of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker "would be a big blow" to the unions, and that it "would be a sign to any Republican contemplating similar action to limit unions that you could survive, and Walker will become the poster child and hero of that effort." Poster child?

Dickerson predicted that there "would be a lot of infighting in Democratic circles, with unions saying the national Democratic parties and their president didn't do enough" if Walker won. But he immediately added a more sunny spin, that "it might galvanize union supporters for the presidential election, on the theory that they're under threat and they need a president who's on their side. "

By Charlie Daniels | June 4, 2012 | 5:11 PM EDT

The toll that government has taken on industry in this country is nothing less than insane.

The unwieldy and unnecessary regulations, the threats of exorbitant taxes and - most of all - the uncertainty of what else this out of control administration will impose, should it be reelected, has chased industry out of the nation and put on hold the hiring, construction, replacement orders and startups of new companies it takes to make this economy thrive.

The federal government could learn a valuable lesson from some of the more aggressive states who go out after and procure manufacturers who have seen their bottom line drastically reduced by operating in profligate, cash hungry states.

By Kyle Drennen | June 4, 2012 | 4:59 PM EDT

As Republican strategist Alex Castellanos described the split in the Democratic Party over Mitt Romney's record at Bain Capital on Sunday's NBC Meet the Press, host David Gregory defensively attempted to focus on Romney's difficulties: "'s the problem for Governor Romney. He does have to create distance from a Republican Party that is in trouble."

Gregory failed to give much evidence for that declaration other than pointing to a potential demographic edge for Democrats: "[Romney] has to create new opportunities for the fact that there is a coalition of the young, Hispanics and women who he has a severe disadvantage with." Gregory also insisted Romney must come up with a better economic message: "He has to do that with a kind of vision for the economy that is different than, 'How's it going with the other guy?' Which is basically what his message has been so far."